Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Four Ebooks Up For Grabs & A Bit of Castle/Hawaii 5-0

Man, what a great start we had to the party last night.  Not to mention an INCREDIBLE preview for Castle next week.  (Can you believe it's the season finale next week?  I'm so sad.)  The zombie ep was not what I was expecting and, as usual, Castle was hilarious.  (Didn't you love the end?)  Hawaii Five-O wasn't too shabby either, but I had no clue who the NCIS people were and felt like I was missing something.

I also wanted to remind you that today (by 10 p.m.) is the last day to enter the contest for having a character named after you.  If you are interested you must write a 300 word piece with the beginning words, "A shadow moved across the window."  Email it to me at juliecoulterbellon@gmail.com and we will be posting them tomorrow for votes.  Winner gets the prize!

Anyway, with that sort of party beginning, I don't think it's going to be hard to keep up the fun.  Today's prizes are FOUR EBOOKS from a variety of genres including suspense, romance, sci-fi and non-fiction.  Something for almost everyone!

The first one is Cami Checkett's new book Dead Running. Here is the back copy:

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

To celebrate the release of Dead Running (it just barely came out) Cami is coordinating a huge fitness giveaway. Prizes include watches from MIO Global, three months personal training from Fitcore Fitness, Beginner and Advanced yoga packages from Hugger Mugger, running shoes from Altra Zero Drop, and much more - click here to enter if you're interested.

The second one is Susan Denney's book Sweet and Snarky.  Here is the back copy:

Lee Landry is a French teacher at the only high school in tiny San Pablo, Texas. She has a condo, a small car, and an even smaller retirement fund. She isn't married but has a crush on a fellow teacher who has never gotten around to asking her out. 

Her identical twin, Lurlette, is married to multibillionaire Horatio Alger Chang. She lives in a mansion in San José, California. The diamond in her engagement ring is the Maharani Red, one of the largest red diamonds in the world with a price tag of 2.3 million dollars. When Lurlette realizes her marriage is over, she decides to move in with her sister Lee. And even though Lurlette brings jewelry, clothes and a Cézanne still life with her, she doesn't have any cash.

Lee is exasperated. She has never understood why she and Lurlette don't get along. Now that Lurlette is back, Lee knows her quiet life will be disrupted and that her bank account will suffer. What she doesn't know is that her love life, her career, and her future will be forever changed. 

Sounds fun, right?!

The third one is Angie Lofthouse's brand new book sci-fi adventure Defenders of the Covenant.  Here's the back copy:

Hannah and her friends have been warned about the danger lurking outside of their secret refuge from the alien invaders who devastated the Earth years before. Their leaders have raised them in the Latter-day Saint faith, teaching them to trust God, but when McKenzie and her rebellious boyfriend, Jeremy, decide to run away, Hannah and Derek follow, determined to bring their friends home.

Once outside, the four teens soon realize they cannot return to the refuge without endangering everyone there. Captured, enslaved, and separated, Hannah, Derek, and McKenzie each learn the unique role they must play in liberating the Earth. The friends must battle with android soldiers and attack vessels, and face their own inner struggles to overcome the invaders. After all, not even an alien invasion can stop the work of God.

And the fourth one is your choice of book from Trina Boice! Trina is a prolific non-fiction self-help writer on a variety of subjects.  You can go here to see the books you have to choose from.  And just so you can get a sense of what kind of person she is, here's the top of her blog:

Come rest your weary mouse-clicking finger for awhile!

Sit back and relax.   Close your eyes.

Wait!    On second thought, keep your eyes open!

Imagine you are sitting on the beach with best-selling author,
Trina Boice.  What books would you two talk about while you watched the waves roll in and out?

What refreshing snack would you share while you wiggled your feet in the sand?

Well OK, you don't have time to head to the beach right now because you've got a million other web sites to check out....

Here are some of the things you can do right now...(on her website)

Sounds fun, doesn't she?

All right, so there are the prizes for today.  And here's what you have to do to get entries:  Each thing is worth one entry.

1.  Sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar.  It's quarterly and you get sneak peeks of my work and fun little insights into writing.  Come on, you know you want to!

2.  Tweet or Facebook today's contest.

3.  Tell me what you prefer--Kindle, Nook, or paper--- and why.

4.  Become a follower of Debra Erfert's blog by clicking here

5.  If you aren't already a follower of my blog, become one!

6.  In honor of my two favorite shows, Castle and Hawaii Five-O, where would you rather vacation--New York or Hawaii?

7.  If you have already entered the Character Contest, then you will get an entry for these prizes.  If you haven't, then hurry and you'll get an entry for ebooks!

8.  If you haven't liked me on Facebook yet, hurry and start liking me!  :)

And since we did confetti and dancing yesterday, I think we're ready for some refreshments today, don't you?  Break out the dessert bar for cakes, pies, cheesecake, ice cream, and cookies.  Of course there's some yummy sparkling drinks as well.  :) Are you with me?


Jenny P. said...

I just subscribed to your newsletter. :)

Jenny P. said...

Just tweeted the contest.

Jenny P. said...

I love paper books if it's a book that I love and want to have with me always. I have a Kindle that I'm slowly starting to use more and more. The digital medium is hard for me fully embrace because books smell good and make me happy, but I realize that sometimes the convenience outweighs the lack of sentimentality that accompanies my Kindle.

Jenny P. said...

I am an official follower of Debra's blog.

Jenny P. said...

Do I need to be doing these in individual comments? I'm thinking maybe not. So to finish up:

I follow you.

I like you on facebook.

And I'd rather vacation in Hawaii. Except... I've been there before, and I've never been to New York. So maybe New York once, just to say I've done it, then Hawaii from then on?

jodi said...

I subscribed to your newsletter and became an official follower to your blog. I've read it since it started

I like both e-books and paper ones. I don't know which I like better. e-books are so easy to take with me.

Melanie Goldmund said...

Is your newsletter radically different from your blog in terms of content? Just wondering.

Now for my entries:

3. I prefer paper books at the moment. I like to be able to loan them out to other people who might like them. Also, I can swap them online for other books!

5. I became a follower of your blog yesterday. Does that still count for to-day?

6. I was in New York City once. It was hot. It was humid. It stank of urine. I think I'd rather try Hawaii next time.

Now, onto the dessert bar for some macadamia nuts! Yum!

Jon Spell said...

Token entry to participate:

1 point for preferring Kindle, in concept, at least. I got one for my wife, and I think it's way cool. I just don't think I should be loading it up with books I want to read (it's hers, you know) so I guess I prefer paper for now. The last fiction book I read was a manuscript in Word, though, so...

1 point for Hawaii. Every time I see that show, I want to go and spend a month exploring every nook and cranny, except for the places where all the murderers are. I would like to go to New York to experience Broadway and Cash Cab, but I think I'd enjoy Hawaii more.

0 points for really loving last night's Castle. He was in rare form with the whole zombie culture, the laser tag scenes - Alexis dropping from the ceiling was a high point. Particularly loved the line to Ryan "no, but I do like driving Beckett crazy." Next week looks out of control. It'll be hard to top last year's finale, though.

Melanie Conklin said...

That Castle preview positively gutted me last night! Gah!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

I missed it 'cause we were watching Wives and Daughters (a fav). I plan to check it out on the computer in a little while.

I would love to get Snarky or Defenders on my Kindle. Both of those look to be savory reads!

I signed up for your newsletter, joined your blog, Twittered, joined Debra's, and already like you on Facebook.

I'd definitely go to Hawaii because that's one state (among 13) I haven't visited. I'd love to go diving and surfing and climbing and to see the volcano. And of course I'd go to Laia to the Hawaiian Culteral Center...sigh.

As for what books we'd discuss? Everything and anything. I've read a wide variety...;o) Let's GO!

Debra Erfert said...

I signed up for your quarterly newsletter. Funny how I missed that all this time.

I prefer Kindle. I finally received my Kindle Fire for Christmas, and I love it! I carry it around with me and always have books to read when I need to wait. I'm also in the middle of two Scrabble games with my sister who lives in Kingman. It's a total gas being able to keep in such close contact with her after only hearing from her once or twice a year, you know?

I'm already a follower of my blog--LOL

Vacationing in New York would only be fun if I had Nathan Fillian to follow around--so, Hawaii would be my realistic choice. Warm sand between my toes, kissing on a secluded beach . . . yeah, Hawaii.

I already entered the Character Contest. Yay!!!

And I've been over to Cami's webpage and entered her giveaways. Such FUN!!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!

Tamera Westhoff said...

1. Done!

2. FBed it

3. Kindle, because I have Kindle on my PC

4. Follow Debra Erfert's blog

5. Already a follower of your blog!

6. Hawaii! Everyone in my husband's family has went, but us!

7. already entered the Character Contest!

8. Already liked you on FB

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Hi. I signed up for the newsletter, followed you and Debra, I prefer paper because I don't yet have an e-reader, my choice is Hawaii. I think that is 5 points. I've read Angie's book but any other would be great if I win. Thanks.

Char said...

I already like you on FB.

I'd vacation in Hawaii.

I like the convenience of a Kindle but there is something I love about actually holding a book and turning the pages.

Unknown said...

I subscribe to your newsletter!

Unknown said...

I prefer the Nook over the kindle because my library e-books don't work with the nook. Also, you can lend between other nook users. I also prefer the actual paper book, depending on if I am home or traveling.

Unknown said...

I follow your blog in reader!

Unknown said...

New York is awesome, but Hawaii is a different vacation. I would choose the beach any day.

Unknown said...

I like you on facebook!

Weaver said...

It's time to par-tay!